If the airbags did not deploy then its fair to say that the impacts
were not sufficiently intense to require airbags. Airbags DO NOT
deploy in all accidents.
On 05/03/2010, at 4:13 PM, Charley Robinson wrote:
> I have 2 cars that have been involved in front end accident in which
> the air
> bags did not deploy - both Audi's - both totaled in the accidents.
> in both
> instances the warning lights indicated all was well with the
> systems. I'm not
> at all certain that an air bag will deploy regardless of what the
> computer tells you. Unless we can just chock that up to bad German
> On Mar 4, 2010, at 10:49 AM, Richard Ewald wrote:
>> On Thu, Mar 4, 2010 at 6:17 AM, Douglas McKinnie <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>>> I'm pondering this half with my engineer's hat (is possible/this
>>> going to
>>> dangerous?) and half with my psychologists hat --
>>> "everyone knows that car's with airbags are safer, and this car
>>> now has an
>>> airbag, so therefore it is safer"
>> I taught design, function, and repairs on airbag systems for 15
>> Personally I would be very reluctant to try and retrofit an airbag
>> (any airbag system) into a car that was not designed for it.
>> I mean just starting with the wheel, is the diameter of the shaft
>> and the
>> spline count the same? What effects would an airbag deployment
>> have on the
>> column, and other interior pieces around the column? Is it a
>> tethered bag
>> or an untethered bag? How big is the bag?
>> And finally the two biggies 1. How will you know the effects in a
>> without a crash test? 2. How do you know the car is safer?
>>> For the latter, all I really need is a convincing pillow on the
>>> with a nice "airbag" or "Restraint-system" logo. Whether it is
>>> immaterial. Have any of you tested your air-bags to see if the
>>> Then why are you convinced they will?
>> Well I don't know about your car, but yeah I can be pretty damn
>> close to
>> 100% sure my bags will go off when needed. The normal condition of
>> warning light is on, the SRS system will only turn it off is all is
>> entire system checks itself 4X second. If a fault is recorded for
>> 40 or
>> more of these checks, the SRS light is turned on. In addition a
>> plain text
>> message is displayed that there is an SRS fault.
>> So unless the accident occurs <10 seconds after the fault occurs, the
>> will work as advertised. So yeah I am convinced.
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